By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Gorgeous, graceful and romance personified with this stunning real wedding today, captured beautifully in the countryside.
Fiona and Josh AKA hashtag ‘Team Fosh’ were hitched on the 4th September 2016 at Dodford Manor in Northamptonshire. They wanted to create a day that was personalised, rustic and searchable in the future with their own custom hashtag. The hashtag was used on their custom designed stationery, wedding props and even the wedding car, just brilliant. Plus it meant their loved ones using the same hashtag could easily share moments and images with the couple too. What a wonderful way to look back on the day in the future using modern social media trends.
The pretty peachy colour scheme was a delight, think huge peach roses in the lush bouquets, an intricate floral and lace cake creation and maids in long romantic gowns. The style was just impeccable and Fiona looked stunning in Ophelia by Belle & Bunty. She teamed the romantic gown with a gypsophila crown and dreamy veil. Josh and the boys wore chinos, no socks, brogues and wool jackets by Next, they looked very dapper. Enjoy this feature in all it’s glory.
Thanks so much to Liam Smith Photography for sharing these sublime shots.
THE PROPOSAL | Josh was very sly and booked a day off work with my manager. I woke up on the Friday morning to get ready for work to be told I wasn’t going!
He took me to a place in The Cotswolds (Painswick) and we stayed in a boutique hotel. After a wonder around in the woods he made me clamber to the top of a beacon where he took lots of silly pics of me (standard practice for us!) and the amazing views of Wales in the distance.
It was on the walk down that he had slowed and propped himself on one knee (whilst I wasn’t looking!)
THE VISION | Our names together are ‘Fosh’ and we have always had a joke about how we are ‘Team Fosh’ throughout our relationship.
Josh had ‘Team Fosh’ engraved on the inside of my engagement ring so from then we made sure we used this as a hashtag on social media for any of the build-up pictures to the wedding day. It was important to have this built into our wedding day so that all of our guests used our hashtag. My brother is a graphic designer so it was easy to have this built in. It was on our Save the Date, Wedding invitation and will be on our thank you cards… hopefully sometime this year!
We also had Greg (my brother) make a stencil so that we could add the hashtag onto some of the wedding props we had. It was also on the number plate for the wedding car. The crates were found on eBay and weathered in my parents garden for 18 months to look rustic.
The idea is that this hashtag will grow hopefully as our family grows and we can find our pics on Instagram and Facebook easily through this.
As you can see the table plan was a big hit with Josh. He is a huge fan of a pint or two and is very particular with what he likes. He had fun drinking his favourite lagers and pale ales to keep the bottles for the table plan!
My best friend and also one of my bridesmaids asked her dad to make the bar that the bottles sat on and it worked a treat. Not to mention how good it looked too.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning was easy to begin with and harder towards the end. I imagine everyone finds this. We found the venue within a week of being engaged, the date was set and we went from there. We had about 18 months to plan. We sorted things very early on and we were confident on what we both envisioned the day to be like. We had a meeting with Liam (our photographer) which set our expectations for the day as he is pretty clued up with weddings 😉 Met with the florist and had a lesson on what the flowers I liked were actually called! Bought excessive amounts of vases and bunting and the rest is history!
THE VENUE | Dodford Manor
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: Ophelia by Belle & Bunty. Accessories: Wasn’t keen on accessories. Just my usual earrings and I kept my nose ring in (Not sure that went down too well..) Flower crown made by our florist and the bridesmaids and flower girl had matching. Shoes: Flats from John Lewis. I’m nearly 5’9, heels just aren’t necessary! Plus I’m all about feeling comfortable. My dress wasn’t restricting and was made of silk so you can imagine how comfy I was on the day!
FINDING THE DRESS | NIGHTMARE – absolutely hated dress shopping after the first day. I did the usual pinterest board of dresses and was quite particular with what I wanted. I think I went to 8 different shops and even convinced Josh to drive me to Wimbledon (not close by as we live near Bedford) to try on a dress that is only stocked in this particular London store. Poor Josh had to wait around the corner (he found a pub so don’t feel too sorry for him.) While I tried on the dress… Which I didn’t buy! I ended up on a recommendation from my aunty to try ‘Fairy Tale Weddings’ in Towcester. I fell in love with the Belle & Bunty gown and then had the task of convincing Josh it was worth the price…
GROOM’S ATTIRE | After months and months of trawling Instagram and Pinterest for the look I wanted it was relatively easy and cost effective to sort. Bear in mind we had 6 gentlemen in completely different shapes and sizes, wearing a miss matched jacket to trouser combination, we found that Next actually did an extensive range and if they didn’t have sizes in store, we were able to order most of them online. The only issue we found was with my waistcoat. Online was showing out of stock in my size, everywhere but the Sheffield shop, some 120 Miles away. In a spell of desperation, I ended up paying a guy I’d never met to go in to store and post it down, for a fee. Having been in the same situation before, he kindly accommodated and made a pretty penny in the process. The shirts were tailor made to size by Charles Tywritt.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | As we are quite jovial with one another we found it difficult to find a good reading. We ended up re-writing one that I found on a wedding site through google and asked Leigh (bridesmaid) to read this for us. She is funny so put a good spin on it for us.
We both really like motown music so it was easy to pick our songs. I had to listen to Luther Vandross – Here and Now about 50 times to ensure I wouldn’t get teary on the day, walking down the aisle! (so did my Dad.)
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two bridesmaids (cousin and best friend) and a flower girl. Both bridesmaids wore a nude/peach coloured dress which I found on ASOS after having a change of heart with the previous dresses I had bought for them. I stressed myself out with this… My flower girl is one of my best friends little girl. She wore a dress from Monsoon.
THE FLOWERS | All flowers were provided by ‘Sweet Rose Florist’ based in Wixams, which isn’t too far from where we live. We found Lisa at a wedding fair in Milton Keynes and after talking to her we arranged to meet for a consultation on what flowers we’d like. We had lots of gyp, flower crowns were all gypsophila and the flower girl wand was bound with gyp also. Bridesmaids had eucalyptus and astilbe. My bouquet was eucalyptus, juliet roses, astilbe, sage green succulents and gyp all tied with hessian. The Juliet roses were dotted about to add the peach tone. Eucalyptus was spread on the top table with small vases of gyp and Juliet roses. On the tables were vases filled with long stem white hydrangeas.
THE CAKE | The cake was made by a company called ‘Bakerman’ they are based near Leighton Buzzard. All 4 tiers were different flavours and different designs.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Liam Smith Photography – We found Liam through the Dodford Manor website I believe, as he has taken pictures there before. We looked at his portfolio and read through his blog. Seeing that he was local and around the same age as us both we were keen to meet up with him. And obviously his pictures are AMAZING. After a meeting with Liam at our house we were keen to get him booked up straight away.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Dodford Manor really is a blank canvass that you can add lots of detail to. That being said we picked the venue based on the fact that we liked the way it looked when it wasn’t dressed. The chairs didn’t require covers and the beams looked great with and without decoration. We had buckets of gyp along the ceremony aisle and candles and flowers on the ceremony table in the barn that we got married in. I bought the tin buckets from Ikea along with some candle holders too. All of the vases we used were recycled glass and were from Tesco (seen and bought on a whim while doing a food shop!) I bought bunting from several places over the 18 months but decided to keep it simple and ended up buying some plain bunting from a website www.bunting.eu where you can pick the colours you’d like and they ship within 24 hours. There were lots of additions on the tables from wedding fairs we had been too (wooden confetti, team fosh wooden sign.) The favour boxes were bought on eBay and mum and dad sat and made all of these up. Lots of the little trinkets we bought were from my visits to see my wedding dress at Fairy Tale Weddings. They have a small shop too called Happily Ever After – could’ve easily bought the entire shop! We also had vintage medicine bottles dotted about. These had been collected by Josh’s mum over many years and looked great on our cake table.
THE HONEYMOON | We stayed in Dubai for 4 days at The Atlantis and then on to Mauritius for 10 days at The Long Beach Resort. Both were absolutely amazing and I definitely had the blues after coming home. I would definitely recommend Mauritius for any honeymooners. They made us feel very special and couldn’t do enough to accommodate us.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My best memory was seeing Josh as I walked up the aisle. Still gets me! I didn’t notice anyone else in the room and thought I would be terrified to do ‘the walk.’
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy the build up. I absolutely hated it as I stressed myself out so much, which in hindsight was so unnecessary. If you have everything in place the day will run smoothly, if you have questions or worries, email your suppliers! They have done hundreds of weddings and are used to being asked the same questions.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Liam Smith Photography
Flowers | Sweet Rose Florist
Cake | Bakerman – @bakermancakedesign (Instagram)
Venue | Dodford Manor – Carla at Dodford ensured the day ran smoothly, she was brilliant!
DJ | Steve Lavarack, Pure Rhythm
Make up | Sarah Evans
Wow what a day!
Thanks so very much to ‘Team Fosh’ for sharing their brilliant wedding story today xo Lou
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